30 days in Continental USA Itinerary

30 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Portland
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Stowe
— 2 nights
Ferry to Plattsburgh, NY Dock, Fly to Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Medora
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
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Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl District, stop by Powell's City of Books, get your game on at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, have fun and explore at Portland Children's Museum, then walk around Hoyt Arboretum, and finally take a stroll through Northwest (Nob Hill).

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Las Vegas to Portland is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in Portland reach 76°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seattle tour planner.

Drive from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Seattle sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio holiday maker app.

Getting from Seattle to San Antonio by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in San Antonio are much warmer (94°F), and nights are a bit warmer (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 7th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Austin online visit planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then visit Bricktown.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oklahoma City route builder app.

Getting from Austin to Oklahoma City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in September: high temperatures in Oklahoma City hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 9th (Wed), witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and finally examine the collection at The George Jones.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nashville road trip tool.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nashville are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 10th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, have some family-friendly fun at Four Sisters Old Time Photo, then catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, then sample the fine beverages at Old Forge Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge attractions planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. In September in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Of All Souls, get engrossed in the history at Smith-McDowell House Museum, then stop by Brian Boggs, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Urban Trail, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at One World Brewing. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wedge Brewing Company, then take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art, then shop like a local with Jonas Gerard Fine Art, and finally view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asheville day trip tool.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Center for Birds of Prey. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nathaniel Russell House, learn more about the world around you at The Charleston Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree, and finally browse the exhibits of Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Charleston trip maker.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charleston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in September, Charleston is a bit warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Huntington Beach State Park and then explore the world behind art at Brookgreen Gardens. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator Adventure, and then make a trip to Barefoot Landing.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Myrtle Beach itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Charleston to Myrtle Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 1 night

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, then explore the world behind art at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Williamsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Myrtle Beach to Williamsburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of African American History and Culture and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and stop by Georgetown.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner.

Getting from Williamsburg to Washington DC by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally wander the streets of Society Hill.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia route planner.

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Newport

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, then explore and take pictures at Ocean Drive Historic District, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Adams State Park. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Marble House, then examine the collection at Rosecliff, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Philadelphia to Newport in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in September; daily highs in Newport reach 74°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Stowe.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Stowe

— 2 nights

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Shelburne Farms, see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum, and then stroll through Burlington Bike Path. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mansfield State Forest and then trek along Stowe Recreation Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Stowe holiday planner.

Drive from Newport to Stowe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Stowe when traveling from Newport in September, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): wander the streets of Strip District, get engrossed in the history at Senator John Heinz History Center, and then take a stroll through Mount Washington.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Stowe to Pittsburgh in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Stowe in September, Pittsburgh is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature · Parks

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then hunt for treasures at West Side Market, and then examine the collection at A Christmas Story House.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Cleveland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Cleveland sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Medora.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 28th (Mon), trek along Caprock-Coulee Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medora trip builder.

Getting from Cleveland to Medora by combination of flight and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cleveland to Medora due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cleveland in September: high temperatures in Medora hover around 70°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then trek along Presidential Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City route planner.

Getting from Medora to Rapid City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 1st (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rapid City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Rhode Island travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
The Ocean State
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island includes over 640 km (400 mi) of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and more than 30 islands. Most of the state is part of the U.S. mainland, despite its somewhat misleading name. Though it takes only about 40 minutes to drive across this tiny state, Rhode Island includes more white sandy beaches than most visitors can hope to explore on a single trip. The state's one big city and surrounding small towns brim with places to visit, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historical neighborhoods packed with colonial-era buildings. Although the state may seem small, your holiday itinerary is sure to be chock-full.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.